Anglican Mary Langton longs to marry for love. Left at the altar and disgraced in her small hamlet, she is being pressured to marry the eligible son of the London milliner. Puritan Barnabas Horton still grieves the loss of his beloved wife, but he knows his two young sons need a mother.
With tender hearts, Mary and Barnabas take a leap of faith and wed. But when Barnabas’s secret plans to move his family to the New World to escape persecution come to light, Mary’s world is upended. How could she possibly leave her papa and her dear sister?
And will she ever reach the secret places of her husband’s broken heart?
It’s 1630 and Anglican Mary Langton has been disgraced in her small town for being left at the alter. Pressured by her father to marry a man she thinks is disgusting, Mary searches for a alternative path. She reconnects with Puritan baker Barnabas Horton, who has recently lost his wife and doesn’t know if he can ever love again. He needs a mother for his children. She needs to escape an engagement. Can Barnabas ever truly love Mary? And when Mary finds out about his plans to move to the New World, will all that’s broken ever be fixed?
When I first saw this book I thought it sounded very interesting. It’s historical, during an interesting time period. The plot sounded exciting. The cover was fantastic! Because of the cover it was very easy for me to imagine the characters and story. I also heard it was from a debut author and I love to read debut fiction and try new books. Another interesting fact about this book is that the author wrote the characters based on her own ancestors! Unfortunately and as much as I wanted to, I just couldn’t get into this book. I didn’t connect with the characters. In fact, I was annoyed with Mary and Barnabas for most of the book. The pacing was slow and strange…some chapters skipped years before going into the next. I understand the author needed to keep to a timeline and leave room in the story for the trip to the New World, but I really wish there was more from after the wedding. It just felt very disjointed to me. I feel horrible for giving it a 1 star rating but I have to be honest. I didn’t enjoy it.
In conclusion, A Place in His Heart wasn’t my cup of tea. Understand that everyone has different opinions and while I didn’t enjoy there are a lot of readers who have. For me though, I thought that while it had a lot of potential it didn’t deliver. DNF.
**I received this book free from Revell in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own.